Games Designer in Residence: Sophia George
Sophia George was Games Designer in Residence
October 2013 - March 2014
A partnership between the V&A, V&A at Dundee and the University of Abertay Dundee. Organised in collaboration with The Association for UKInteractive Entertainment (UKIE).
Sophia George, BAFTA winner and Chair of Swallowtail Games, was appointed as its first ever Games Designer in Residence. At just 22, Sophia is already an accomplished game designer, winning the 2012 BAFTA Ones to Watch Award for the prototype of Tick Tock Toys, a family-friendly puzzle game for iPhone and iPad. Following her BAFTA win, she completed Tick Tock Toys and released it to international acclaim. The game received promotional features on Apple’s App Store in over 40 countries worldwide.
To be appointed as the first ever V&A Games Designer in Residence was a dream come true and an incredible recognition of everything I’ve worked so hard for – from Dare to be Digital, to winning a BAFTA, to releasing Tick Tock Toys. Computer games are an incredible artistic and creative medium that’s often overlooked, despite them blending elements of many traditional practices – including pure art, animation, character design, architectural design, music and much more. The V&A is leading the way by embracing computer games as a creative activity and by opening up its collection for interpretation by a game designer.
The aim of the residency is to release a finished game in the summer of 2014, following a period of game production at Abertay University from March 2014, that offers a new and exciting interpretation of the V&A collections, as well as encouraging visitor participation and learning from the Britain 1500-1900 galleries.